MI-17 V5 helicopters inducted at IAF's Jamnagar airbase.

The Indian Air Force today formally inducted Russia-made MI-17 V5 series helicopters, known for their manoeuvring and weight-carrying capacity, at its Jamnagar base in Gujarat.

Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, South Western Air Command (SWAC) Air Marshal Daljit Singh handed over the helicopters to the helicopter unit of the Jamnagar air base.

MI-17 will increase the capabilities of the unit in undertaking multifarious missions, especially in Saurashtra and Kutch regions of Gujarat," Air Marshal Daljit singh said.

This helicopter unit was raised on March 3, 1972 in Guwahati. It was later shifted to Jamnagar in 1990.

"The Mi-17 V5 chopper, a medium-lift helicopter which can carry over 5 tonnes of load, also has advanced night-vision equipment and a glass cockpit,"
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